Tag: smart home

CTA: U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to a record $401 billion in 2019

U.S. consumer tech sales will grow 2.2% to $401 billion in 2019, according to a forecast by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that stages the annual Consumer Electronics Show trade event each January. The record growth will come from the growing popularity of streaming services, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled emerging devices, and in-vehicle technology. […]

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Google launches Local Home SDK in preview

Back in May during Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference, the tech giant took the wraps off of the Local Home software development kit (SDK), which lets developers run smart code locally on Google Home Speakers and Nest Displays and tap integrated Wi-Fi radios to communicate with smart devices. Today, as promised, Google launched the Local […]

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Amazon wants smart home device setup to be a ‘zero-touch’ experience

The smart home device market is poised for serious growth. Just ask analysts at IDC, which forecasts that shipments will experience a 26.9% year-over-year uptick in 2019 to 832.7 million units. By 2023, IDC expects nearly 1.6 billion devices will ship to customers’ homes worldwide. Amazon is counting on it. Of the 75% of respondents […]

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Apple debuts HomeKit Secure Video and router privacy certification

Apple is doubling down on privacy with new features and hardware for HomeKit, its expansive framework for smart home devices. At the 2019 WorldWide Developer Conference, it debuted HomeKit Secure Video, which analyzes videos from smart home devices (like security cameras) locally before encrypting them and uploading them to iCloud. And it took the wraps […]

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Put An Accent Light Anywhere With This Discounted Philips Hue LightStrip

Best Home DealsThe best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily.    The great thing about Philips Hue is that your fancy lighting profiles aren’t limited to standard bulbs; the Hue LighStrip Plus lets you to stick a rope of color-changing, Wi-Fi connected lights anywhere in your house. How […]

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Amazon’s $90 Echo Show 5 has a sliding camera cover as part of Alexa’s privacy makeover

This morning, Amazon announced the $90 Echo Show 5. It’s essentially an Echo smart speaker with an adorable little 5.5-inch touchscreen display on the front. It’s roughly half the size and less than half the price of the 10.1-inch, $229 Echo Show, and the 5 will probably only get cheaper once Prime Day, Black Friday, […]

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